Journal:Journal of Burn Care & Rehabilitation
Year, Volume, Issue, Page(s):01, 22, 6, 401-405
Reviews literature that provides objective data on the ability to return to work after burns and analyzes data obtained from participants at 2 regional burn centers who were employed outside the home at the time of injury. The literature searched from 1966 through October 2000 yielded 10 articles with objective data that revealed a mean time off work of 9.6 weeks and burn severity was found as the most important predictor of time off work. In the two-center study, 66 percent of burn survivors had returned to work at 6 months and 90 percent had returned at 24 months following burn. The mean time off work for those who had returned by 24 months was 17 weeks.